Inside May 2008


Testing the Water

BY Ron KotrbaConventional wisdom says water in ethanol is bad, but a new technical understanding is emerging that could dramatically improve corn-based ethanol's environmental footprint while revolutionizing how the alternative fuel is made, transported and used. READ MORE


BY Timothy Charles HolmsethU.S. ethanol producers insist the 54-cent tariff on ethanol imports needs to be in place or the government will be subsidizing Brazilian ethanol. READ MORE

The Path to Commercial-Scale Cellulosic Ethanol Production

BY Jessica EbertIt's not a leap of faith that's going to make cellulosic ethanol production on a commercial level a reality. In most cases, it's going to take a plotted course that sequentially informs the evolution of cost-competitive and efficient technologies. EPM spoke with companies about the significance of piloting their technologies before scaling up to a demonstration-size facility. READ MORE

Asian Scandal Cripples U.S. Enzyme company

BY Sarah SmithOnce a premier bioscience company making major inroads into the ethanol industry, Dyadic is now only limping along. In the past year, it was delisted from the American Stock Exchange, ousted its founder Mark Emalfarb, was sued by angry shareholders, and released a scathing audit report detailing corruption, bribery and a dummy company skimming profits from its Hong Kong factory. READ MORE

A Cheaper ‘Whey' to Make Ethanol

BY Susanne Retka Schill, Photos by Brian TaylorA Wisconsin cheese maker is expanding his bacteria-tending skills to include nurturing yeast to make ethanol and growing algae to produce oil for biodiesel in an intriguing energy-integrated, waste-to-power process. READ MORE

Will RINs be: The Next Environmental Currency?

BY Anduin Kirkbride McElroyRenewable Identification Numbers are becoming increasingly important not just for people in environmental compliance or accounting, but also for those in marketing, investing and sustainability. READ MORE

Patently Moving Ahead

BY Bryan SimsBiofuels patents have increased steadily over the past six years, according to a report published by Baker & Daniels LLP. The data also provides proof that there is an earnest effort underway to patent technological advances toward the commercialization of cellulosic ethanol production. READ MORE

Flocks Or Feedstocks

BY Kris BevillThe Conservation Reserve Program encourages landowners to protect environmentally sensitive acreage. Increased demand for biofuels and a growing world population have driven crop prices to record highs. At the same time, many farmers are struggling to make a profit due to increased operating costs, and are considering letting CRP contracts expire so they can farm more land. That has prompted conservationists to wonder how the conversion will affect wildlife. READ MORE

Changing the Climate

BY Anduin Kirkbride McElroy and Jessica SobolikThe National Ethanol Conference gave ethanol industry leaders a venue to discuss how the industry is changing the climate for the economy, environment and consumers. READ MORE


Vive la Difference

BY Jon EvansBiofueling the economies of Europe and United States has taken distinctly different routes. The Yanks are well ahead in ethanol, but the second generation may look different. READ MORE

Chernobyl's Harvest

BY Patti McCrackenFor the Iowa-size area around the site of the world's worst nuclear disaster, it's not just the air, but the soil, that stands to benefit from biofuels. READ MORE

Distilled - Ethanol News & Trends

Sorghum markets follow corn

BY Susanne Retka Schill

Thwarting Insect Resistance

BY Susanne Retka Schill

Opinions vary on Minnesota E20 test results

BY Timothy Charles Holmseth and Kris Bevill

Land-use studies may affect policy

BY Anduin Kirkbride McElroy and Marc Hequet